Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara L. Mitchell passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center surrounded by her immediate family. Barbara was 71 years of age and died due to complications from lung cancer. 

Barbara was born February 29, 1944, in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, to Walter and Lucinda Frank. She grew up in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School. She and Robert Mitchell were married in 1974 and would have celebrated 41 years of marriage. 

Barbara earned a degree in nursing in 1984 and worked as an RN at Fairview Milaca and Princeton for 12 years.  Barb decided to use her RN skills to help people in third world countries receive medical care and spread the message about Jesus.  Later, she decided to dedicate her life to full time mission work and started up her own non-profit organization, Mitchell Ministries.  This organization shipped medical supplies overseas to countries such as the Philippines, Guatemala and Kenya.  The ministry also built churches, schools, orphanages, dug wells and set up well care clinics in various countries. Her work through Mitchell Ministries spread across four continents and multiple countries.  The lives she touched are countless and her influence continues to be felt by people she helped and mentored.

Barbara is survived by her husband Robert; daughters, Dee (Robert) Kulhanek, Jyotti (Frank) Thueringer, Pasang (Dylan) Mitchell; sisters Marianna (Joseph) Roiger and Suzanne (Don) Renwick; and six grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and son, Jimmy (age 5).

A memorial service will take place on Sunday April 26, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Mora, with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Barbara’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sow the Seed  — India; 315 Riverside; Mora MN  55051.   Condolences can be sent to Robert Mitchell Family; 315 Riverside; Mora, MN  55051 or posted at

Barbara’s family would like to thank the medical team at the U of M for the wonderful level of care, attention and support during her final days. 

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